It is important to always be aware that charging an EV involves the transmission of high current from its source through the charger and on to the EV. Any changes to an existing electrical installation must only be carried out by a qualified licensed electrician. Please take note of the following specific safety considerations around level 1 and level 2 chargers:
Level 1 EV Chargers
- It is strongly recommended to never use an extension cord with a portable charger.
- These chargers can draw up to 16 Amps for long periods of time from a domestic electrical socket. While an electrical installation that was duly performed by a qualified electrician should not have an issue with supplying such a high current demand, some installations may not have been. If in doubt, rather charge at a lower rate, for example 12 Amps and have the socket and socket circuit tested by a qualified electrician for compliance.
- If the charger plug and/or the socket become hot during charging, stop charging and have the socket and socket circuit tested by a qualified electrician.
Level 2 EV Chargers
- These chargers must only be installed by a qualified licensed electrician, who can issue a CoC for the installation.
- Please ensure that these chargers are only installed using a 6mm2 power supply cable as they can draw up to 32 Amps continuously for extended periods of time.